Did MS Invent Anything?

Saturday October 17th, 1998

George Giannukos writes in with a link to an interesting article at PCWeek regarding Microsoft. George writes, "This is the first computer site telling it how it is! Finally, a computer site that is brave enough to bash Microsoft for all its illegal, anti-competitive practices..."

We've all known this for a while, but George is right - this is the first time I've seen this detailed in a major industry magazine.

On a side note, since the MS antitrust case directly affects this community, we'll be doing sporadic updates on the state of the case. Since most industry news sites don't have a talkback feature, we'll be linking to major updates from this site so we have a forum to talk.

#9 Re:Did MS Invent Anything?

by Jim Li

Monday October 19th, 1998 12:02 AM

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arielb - If you can remember way back when, there was no GUI interface. Even DOS programs like WP 5.1, for instance, had most of their commands executed through keyboard shortcuts (though they were accessible by using the mouse). Not an innovation but an adaptation.

Still, their focus on software in the computer industry does not make them innovators in their field. Rather, they offered an alternative to IBM's OS, much like Linux is an alternative OS to Win98. (Btw, Apple refuses to let go of its OS-hardware tie, but look how many times MacOS 8.x crashes compared to Win95 or 98.)

Times really have changed, and now MS commands an enormous amount of leverage in the computer industry. It says that consumers have a choice, using the most prominent example, in deciding which web browser to use. But as an average computer user, how many would go to the trouble of downloading Netscape Navigator or Communicator, up to 15 MB, over a modem connection when you already have a web browser included with your OS and is sitting there on your desktop?